Anthropology / Everything Human

How Will the Power of the Pussyhat Endure?

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  • Pussyhat symbolism

    How Will the Power of the Pussyhat Endure?

    The United States is divided between those who came together to support the inauguration of President Donald Trump on January 20 and those who gathered for human rights on January 21. Can we knit it back together?

  • The ladder acts as a central axis holding the universe together. According to anthropologist Elsie Clews Parsons, for the Acoma, “the Earth Mother is held in position by the Galaxy arching overhead, and a stick-image of the Mother is called [a] center pole; it holds the four stratified skies and the four stratified earths together, so to speak, a pole of gravity.”

    Ladders to Other Worlds

    For many Pueblo Indians, the ladder is at once a practical tool and a powerful metaphor. The ladder is used to descend and ascend—and to cross multiple worlds.